Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2013-2014

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides explanations of variances compared to the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly related to supporting the Agency's mandate and the government’s priorities.

The Agency's mandate includes :

  • Economic regulation, to provide approvals, issue licences, permits and certificates of fitness, and make decisions on a wide range of matters involving federal air, rail and marine transportation .
  • Dispute resolution, to resolve complaints about federal transportation services, rates, fees and charges.
  • Accessibility, to ensure Canada's national transportation system is accessible to all persons, particularly those with disabilities .

Further information on the Agency's mandate, roles, responsibilities and programs can be found in the 2013-2014 Departmental Performance Report on the Agency’s website.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Canadian Transportation Agency are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year
ending March 31, 2014
(a)
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the previous year
ending March 31, 2013
(b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Variance
(a – b)
(in thousands of dollars)
TOTAL $274 $380 ($106)
Travel – Public Servants $245 $324 ($79)
Travel – Non-Public Servants $0 $15 ($15)
Total Travel $245 $339 ($94)
Hospitality $6 $13 ($7)
Conference Fees $23 $28 ($5)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel

  • Public Servants: Travel expenditures by public servants decreased mainly due to efforts by the Agency to reduce travel, hospitality and conferences, including the use of more economical business practices.  It is also attributable to decreased travel to remote locations related to the inspection program in 2013-2014.
  • Non-Public Servants: Compared to 2012-2013, Agency travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to consultations on accessibility that occur every 2 years in which non-public servants participate.  The last consultation of this nature was held in 2012-2013.

Hospitality

Compared to 2012-2013, Agency hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to consultations on accessibility that occur every 2 years in which non-public servants participate. The last consultation of this nature was held in 2012-2013.

Conference Fees

Agency conference fee expenditures decreased in 2013-2014 mainly due to efforts by the Agency to reduce travel, hospitality and conferences, including the use of more economical business practices.

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